For Educators

For Educators

While GCOOS is a data-driven organization, our mission also includes developing tools that help support a more ocean-literate society. To that end, GCOOS educators have developed a series of lesson plans for students based on national science standards.

Our most recent project, conducted in partnership with Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and the Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (MBON) and U.S. IOOS, focuses on animal tracking and the data stewardship that goes along with it.

“Ocean Animals on the Move: Using Technology to Track Marine Life and Understand Environmental Change” includes three lessons for students in grades 8-12. The goal is to understand the purpose and process of animal tracking and the data stewardship practices needed to apply the information to real-world challenges.

This ESIP FUNding Friday Collaboration was developed by Dr. Chris Simoniello, GCOOS Outreach & Education Manager; Mitch Rider, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Miami; Lori Anzalone, Anzalone & Avarella Studios; Mathew Biddle, U.S. IOOS; Felimon Gayanilo, GCOOS Co-Data Manager and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Grant Craig, GCOOS Volunteer Coordinator.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Animal Tracking: Track Your Classmate

Lesson 2

Animal Tracking Tools and Technology

Lesson 3

Using Passive Acoustic Telemetry to study the movement ecology of bull sharks

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